GAROWE, PUNTLAND (APRIL 27th, 2019). The Vice President of Puntland, HE Ahmed Osman joined Save the Children leadership team and partners as the Chief Guest to a high-level event to celebrate the organizations 100 years since it was formed by Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton.
The event, taking place on Saturday 27th April at the Puntland State University Main Conference Hall, will bring together officials from the Federal Government of Somalia, State Government of Puntland as well as Save the Children local and international partners, donors and children, and will provide an opportunity for key actors to discuss what has been achieved and what needs to be done to inspire lasting change for children in Somalia.
In addition, the event will be used to recognize the many partners who have been key to protecting and promoting children’s rights in Somalia, as well provide an opportunity for the organization to reaffirm its commitment for Somali children in the years to come.
Timothy Bishop, Country Director for Save the Children Somalia says: “This is a critical moment for Save the Children in Somalia. It is not only a time for us to celebrate but also a time to take stock of what we have done for children, and more importantly what more needs to be done to ensure every Somali child is healthy, well-educated and has a good start in life.”
“Save the Children is proud to have served children this past century.’ Says Bishop. “ But we have not done it alone. In Somalia, we have enjoyed the support of the Government, donors, international and local NGOs, and Somali communities themselves and together we are improving the lives of children in Somalia, but we are not there yet. ”
Save the Children’s story started in 1919, when its founder Eglantyne Jebb—a true leader, activist and believer in children’s rights—protested in London against the horrors children faced during World War I. She called upon governments to fulfill their duties and protect children from war and all forms of abuse. Many years that followed, Englantyne Jebb advocated for a better world and protection of children. She drafted the first charter on the rights of the child, which was adopted in1924 by the League of Nations.
Over the last 100 years, Save the Children has done whatever it takes to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in children’s lives. In Somalia, Save the Children has worked for over 60 years, since 1951, and is a national and international leader in humanitarian and development programming in health, nutrition, education, child protection and child rights governance. In 2018 alone, we reached 2.5 million people across Somalia.